Anti-abortion movement

Planned Parenthood sues to block Trump's abortion rule

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The American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging a new rule announced by the Department of Health and Human Services, which bars family planning clinics funded by the federal Title X program from making abortion referrals, reports the AP.

The big picture: This action follows a similar lawsuit by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's filed on Monday. The state wants an injunction to prevent the rule from taking effect on May 3 while the case plays out in court. Organizations that receive money through Title X, which serves about 4 million people annually, can still perform abortions, but must do so in separate facilities. Critics argue this will indirectly defund Planned Parenthood, which provides general health care and STD treatment in addition to abortion services.

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New poll finds "dramatic shift" on abortion attitudes

President Trump mentioned abortion during the State of the Union. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The recent debate over "late-term abortion," fueled by state measures in New York and Virginia that loosened, or sought to loosen, abortion restrictions toward the end of a woman's pregnancy, has caused "a dramatic shift" in public attitudes toward abortion policy, according to Barbara Carvalho who directed a new Marist poll, commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization.

By the numbers: The poll found Americans are now as likely to identify as pro-life (47%) as they are pro-choice (47%). Last month, a similar Marist survey found that Americans were more likely to identify as pro-choice than pro-life 55% to 38%, a 17-point gap.

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